December 2016

Cloud Computing: Preparing for a year of ‘unknown unknowns’ in cyber security

Grazed from CloudComputing. Author: Mike East.

Today’s threat landscape is constantly evolving. In 2016 in particular, we’ve seen a huge shift with adversaries penetrating organisations from the DNC to WADA and gaining access to sensitive documents that were later leaked to embarrass individuals. Yet, while many believe that this trend starts and ends with a contentious election, it’s not something that’s going away in 2017.

In fact, we’re starting to see continued and varied threats, most recently with DDoS attacks taking down the likes of the EU commission. Overall, the pace and variation of exploits driven by technically astute adversaries, will only gain momentum in the coming year if not managed effectively...

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DevOps Drives the Move to a Cloud-First World

Grazed from BaseLine. Author: Eileen McCooey.

Fulfilling predictions made 20 years ago, cloud computing has reached the tipping point, with the majority of enterprises now opting for a cloud-first strategy. Just over half of the 1,850 mid- to senior-level managers participating in "The 2016 Cloud Computing Tipping Point Survey," commissioned by ServiceNow, said they prefer to host new apps and services in the cloud rather than in a traditional data center.

That number is expected to climb to three out of four within the next two years. The study reveals that DevOps is fueling the shift to a cloud-first world, uncovering data center bottlenecks that could be resolved with cloud computing. In a worrisome indication for IT, nearly nine out of 10 survey participants reported that their IT staff doesn't have the skills to help them make the shift to a cloud-first strategy...

Cloud convenience is killing the open source database

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Matt Asay.

Open source has never been more important or, ironically, irrelevant. As developers increasingly embrace the cloud to shorten time to market, they're speeding past open source, making it even harder to build an open source business. After all, if open source were largely a way for developers to skirt legal and purchasing departments to get the software they needed when they needed it, the cloud ups that convenience to the nth degree. In Accel's annual business review, the vaunted venture capital firm writes: "'Product' is no longer just the bits of software, it's also how the software is sold, supported, and made successful." The cloud is changing the way all software is consumed, including open source.

The cloud is eating your database

The database market, where open source databases like MySQL and Postgres have dominated adoption for years, makes the shift to cloud readily apparent. Even among this open source elite, the cloud is making waves. More recently, MongoDB, Cassandra, and Redis have climbed to rank among the top 10 most popular databases, as shown in DB-Engines most recent findings...

Read more from the source @ http://www.infoworld.com/article/3147864/cloud-computing/cloud-convenience-is-killing-the-open-source-database.html

Centrify Delivers Innovative Capabilities and Best Practices to Streamline and Secure Adoption of Hybrid Cloud

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Centrify announced new hybrid cloud capabilities and best practice guidance to speed and secure adoption of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Centrify's solution uniquely provides identity freedom, deployment freedom and the most comprehensive capabilities for securing privileged access to infrastructure and apps in a hybrid IT environment. 

IaaS platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) provide an excellent layer of foundational security, but the shared responsibility model is clear: businesses are still responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their data in the cloud. Organizations that are storing sensitive data in the cloud, which is 93 percent according to a recent Forrester survey, need a consistent security model across on-premises and IaaS to reduce the risk of data breach. Yet Gartner predicts that 95 percent of IaaS security failures will be the customer's fault, and more than half of those will be attributed to inadequate management of identities, access and privileges.

 

ABBYY Launches a Unified Cloud Platform with AI Capabilities for Faster Knowledge Processing

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ABBYY, a leading provider of technologies and solutions to action information, today announced the launch of the ABBYY.cloud platform that provides services and solutions in the cloud - capture and transfer of information from paper documents into business applications, accurate content classification and prompt translation in 80 languages. With ABBYY.cloud organizations can access a wide variety of tools for knowledge processing from a single dashboard.

As the cloud market continues to accelerate in 2017 an increasing number of organizations are moving workloads to the cloud in a big way. According to Forrester's Dave Bartoletti, enterprises need to take a fresh look at industry-specific cloud providers with specialization and get their cloud strategies in shape.

Xen Project Hypervisor Continues to Expand into Embedded Use Cases in Latest Release

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The Xen Project, hosted at The Linux Foundation, today announced the release of Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8. The latest release focuses on advanced embedded use cases, features to support security-first environments and continued advancement in support of ARMv8-A based servers. Xen Project technology continues to see growth in these environments due to its flexibility, extensibility and customizability.

As the demand for 64-bit ARMv8-A data centers builds, Xen Project continues to lead by delivering advanced ARM server feature support. Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8 provides initial support for ARM server Live Patching. This allows users to apply security fixes to the Xen Project hypervisor without rebooting, providing five-to-nine reliability for ARM servers. The new feature, available as a preview, also supports the needs of security-first embedded uses cases, such as automotive and avionics.

BlueData Delivers Ultimate Flexibility and Choice for Big Data Deployments on Amazon Web Services

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BlueData, provider of the leading Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform, today announced the general availability of its BlueData EPIC software on Amazon Web Services (AWS). BlueData EPIC on AWS delivers ultimate flexibility and choice for Big Data environments, enterprise-class security and cost controls for multi-tenant deployments, as well as the ability to tap into both Amazon S3 and on-premises storage.

BlueData is the first and only BDaaS platform with support for both on-premises and cloud environments, leveraging embedded and fully-managed Docker containers for portability across any infrastructure. BlueData EPIC provides the same self-service user experience whether running in the public cloud or a corporate data center; and the same Docker-based application images for Hadoop, Spark, and other Big Data tools are portable across on-premises and cloud deployments. BlueData EPIC on AWS is generally available now -- with planned support for Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and other public cloud services in the coming months.

Infographic: What is Cyber Security?

As more security breaches and fraudulent acts make headlines, cyber security increasingly becomes a top priority for organizations around the world. For organizations to focus on security and defense against hackers, they must first understand what cyber security is. Learn more about cyber security and how you can protect yourself with this “Cyber Security” infographic by GTreasury.

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Zylo Introduces Employee Sentiment Analysis for Cloud Spend

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Zylo, a SaaS optimization platform, today announces the launch of Employee Sentiment as a core pillar of its platform, allowing organizations to optimize cloud investments by measuring employee satisfaction of their cloud applications. Zylo’s platform now gives organizations a 360 degree view across cloud application spend, usage and user feedback, creating a layer of transparency that was not previously possible.

IT and procurement teams can leverage this new transparency into their cloud purchases and utilization to make proactive recommendations and decisions that will optimize their technology stack. With the release of Employee Sentiment, Zylo customers can now:

DreamHost Gives DreamObjects -- Its Inexpensive Object Storage Service -- an Upgrade

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DreamHost, a global leader in web hosting and cloud services for entrepreneurs and developers, today announced key improvements to DreamObjects, the company's secure open source cloud storage hosting service powered by Ceph. Like a file system with infinite capacity, customers use DreamObjects to build cloud-ready applications and to store documents, photos, songs and backup taking advantage of its Amazon S3 API compatibility. This upgrade utilizes Ceph's major Jewel release, the newest version of the distributed object store and file system that is enabling DreamObjects to be even more scalable, reliable, and high performing. 

Red Hat Launches OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform. The new offering brings Red Hat’s award-winning container platform as a managed service offering to enterprise customers who want to build, launch, and manage applications on OpenShift Dedicated with Google Cloud Platform as their underlying cloud infrastructure. With the availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform, users can speed adoption of containers, Kubernetes, and cloud-native application patterns, benefiting from Red Hat’s deep enterprise experience. Users also benefit from Google’s global, container-optimized infrastructure and can more easily augment their applications with Google’s ecosystem of data analytics, machine learning, compute, network, and storage services. 

Ixia Delivers Unprecedented Visibility into Virtual Data Center Traffic

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Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, today announced that the company has extended the capabilities of CloudLens, Ixia’s recently announced integrated cloud visibility platform, with CloudLens Virtual Packet Broker (vPB). CloudLens vPB is a software solution that delivers visibility into virtual data center traffic for enterprises leveraging private cloud deployments to support and expand their business. 

Monitoring virtual machine (VM) to VM traffic (east-west traffic) in a virtualized data center creates a variety of challenges for IT and network administrators. One of the foremost challenges is the volume and transport of data to security and performance monitoring tools, virtual or physical.

Amazon Web Services Cloud Now Available to Customers from Data Centers in Canada

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced the launch of the AWS Canada (Central) Region. With this launch, AWS now provides 40 Availability Zones across 15 technology infrastructure regions globally, with another seven Availability Zones and three regions in the UK, France, and China expected to come online in the coming months. Tens of thousands of Canadian customers are using other AWS Regions and starting today, developers, start-ups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations can leverage the AWS Cloud to run their applications and store their data on infrastructure in Canada. Developers can sign-up and get started today at: http://aws.amazon.com.

The AWS Canada (Central) Region offers two Availability Zones at launch. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance. AWS also provides two Amazon CloudFront edge locations in Toronto and Montreal for customers looking to deliver websites, applications, and content to Canadian end users with low latency. These locations are part of AWS’s existing network of 68 edge sites across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Astute Solutions Joins the Cloud Security Alliance

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Astute Solutions, the world's smartest software for consumer engagement, today announced they have joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR program. The CSA is a not-for-profit organization focused on promoting security best practices within cloud computing.

As a member of the STAR program (Security, Trust & Assurance Registry), Astute Solutions joins more than 200 other businesses in demonstrating their dedication to providing secure technology products. The STAR program acts as a resource for potential customers and business partners to evaluate the risk of conducting business with a particular service provider. Instead of the typical time-consuming work of managing lengthy questionnaires and RFP processes, the CSA helps companies evaluate service providers more quickly and effectively by vouching for the provider's credibility.

"The best user experience will win in hyperconverged," says HPE on theCUBE

Grazed from HPE. Author: Alison Golan

Last week at HPE Discover 2016 London, Dave Vellante & Paul Gillin of theCUBE chatted with Bryan Jacquot, Worldwide User Experience Architect at HPE. Vellante started the interview by commenting on the fact that they don’t typically interview someone with Jacquot’s title.

Jacquot agreed, yet his job is vital at HPE. By studying human-computer interaction and cognitive psychology, software designers can improve user experience. For example, he mentioned that the careful use of color and sound is important in how the brain interprets and accepts information. Using basic fundamentals of cognitive psychology, designers can take complex systems and make them easier to understand and use.

VMware releases 'not cool, but very useful' integrated containers

Grazed from The Register. Author: Simon Sharwood

VMware has released its long-touted vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC), the company's way of making vSphere a fine place to run containers.

Plenty of pundits have suggested that containers stand a good chance of killing virtual machines, citing the former as lighter, faster and better-suited to building the kind of apps that work well at scale on the web and with mobile devices. VMware's response has been to agree that containers are wonderful things, even more so when running inside a virtual machine.

Magnum Energy Launches cBox - the Amazon Web Services IoT Gateway for Smart Building Control

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Magnum Energy Solutions, an innovative wireless energy management solution provider, today introduces its newest product for commercial building automation. The cBox or "CloudBox" is an innovative gateway that enables self-powered, wireless devices to securely and efficiently communicate with Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT. The cBox enables smart building control and the remote monitoring of devices, including Magnum's OPUS lighting nodes, to connect, authenticate and exchange critical data with AWS IoT using the M2M IoT protocol MQTT.

For owners and operators of small- to medium-sized buildings, the cost of adding smart building technologies can often be expensive. The high price tag is usually due to proprietary software solutions that are tied to the building equipment or to LED lighting systems. Magnum provides solutions that allow standalone lighting options without the need of software. If data visualization and remote control support are needed, the cBox provides a cost effective alternative. 

The cloud and the CIO - the cloud is still out of control - part 1

Grazed from TheCSuite. Author: Grant MacDonald.

With IDC recently predicting that IT infrastructure spending will grow at a CAGR of 15.1% from 2014 to 2019, and given that spending on cloud will be 46% of the entire IT budget – it’s clear that now is the time harness the best that the cloud has to offer. Research commissioned by Fruition Partners in 2015 showed that CIOs had a range of serious concerns over cloud control. This year, the research was repeated and it looks as though little has changed.

The research found that 80 per cent of CIOs do not apply the same comprehensive IT service management processes to cloud as they do for in-house IT services. When compared to last year’s figures, the research found while there has been a slight improvement in overall cloud maturity, we’ve still got a long way to go. In fact, more than 85 per cent of CIOs still say that the proliferation of public cloud computing services is reducing the control their organisation has over the IT services it uses. CIOs are highly concerned by the negative impacts of this trend, with three-quarters of them saying it leads to financial waste, and increases the business and security risks to the organisation...

Riding Salesforce and Amazon's cloud to $1 billion

Grazed from CNBC. Author: Ari Levy.

At Amazon.com's annual cloud computing gala last month called re:Invent, recruiters from on-demand learning company Pluralsight were on the hunt for experts to teach coding. Pluralsight offers a library of over 5,000 online courses for software developers and IT pros to gain new skills, ranging from learning popular open-source languages and big data tools on Amazon Web Services to mastering the latest in cybersecurity and designing mobile games.

The explosive growth of technology platforms like AWS has driven Pluralsight's expansion, enabling the 12-year-old company to reel in a recent round of $30 million at a valuation exceeding $1 billion, CEO Aaron Skonnard told CNBC.com in an exclusive interview. Pluralsight, based near Salt Lake City, is using the cash as part of its push beyond individual subscriptions and into big businesses, where a host of new web and infrastructure technologies as well as cyberthreats are forcing developers into a constant state of learning...

5 Ways Cloud Computing Can Benefit Engineers

Cloud computing as a technology is so groundbreaking that it will eventually end up affecting every sector, may it be healthcare, education and in some cases engineering. Engineering is a fluid sector that thrives on the efficient exchange of information, and engineering firms big and small might benefit from cloud computing in ways they might not even imagine. In this article, we're going to explore a few reasons why it's time for your engineering firm to move to the cloud.

Cloud Computing Gives You Access to Big Brand Infrastructure

One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is that it allows your company to benefit from the same infrastructure bigger companies have access to, with a small time budget. In many cases, the idea of overhauling huge systems might be frightening to some, and Cloud computing offers a great solution to companies who either want to upgrade on the cheap or are looking for a temporary solution until they secure the funds necessary to upgrade their infrastructure.